Seven Story Market
Letendre is an environmental educator residing on a small bit of lake
in Southern Rhode Island. She began her career on biodynamic farms in
the US and Austria. The farm in Austria, The Transnational Research Center,
was a UNESCO-funded project to disseminate sustainable agricultural knowledge
to “third world” (now termed “developing”) nations.
These were the very nations whose agriculture and lands were languishing
as a result of the industrialized world’s export of the “green
revolution,” complete with chemical treatments and tractors.
Susan’s career progressed through managing non-profit organizations,
advocacy, and consulting across the US and Canada in strength-based, community
based systems of care for those with extreme physical or psychological
needs. This work led her to develop educational workshops in values-based
planning and consensus building, two skill sets that have served the environmental
movement well. As an environmental educator for the Southern Rhode Island
Conservation District, her work has focused on sustainable food systems
and understanding the effects of globalization on the poor people of the
Seven Story Market is a response to the need to increase public knowledge
and dialogue about the critical issues at the intersection of social justice
and ecology. As principal of Seven Story Market, Susan negotiates fair,
just, and ecologically sound trade with artisans and cooperatives throughout
North and Central America.